Cornbread Salad is a Family Favorite

by Alli

Whenever we have potlucks, there are always certain recipes that friends are required to bring. I’m always asked to bring my cheese ball. Darlene is always asked to bring Cornbread Salad.

It’s been a while since we’ve done a potluck so I decided to make Darlene’s Cornbread Salad for our Sunday family lunch. It got rave reviews!

How to Make Corn Bread Salad

Once upon a time, Darlene was my amazing administrative assistant. The first time she brought her Cornbread Salad to share at work, I thought, no way am I eating something called cornbread salad.

But after just one bite, I was a believer. I never imagined the ingredients in this recipe would go so well together. If you’ve never had cornbread salad, you’re definitely in for a treat.

A Serving of Cornbread Salad

Cornbread Salad

This recipe begins with two boxes of Jiffy cornbread mix. When it comes to cornbread, I’m a snob. I usually make it from scratch. Trust me on this one, you need to use the Jiffy mix for this recipe.

Bake the cornbread mix according to the directions on the box. Cool and crumble.

Combine chopped tomatoes, chopped peppers, pickles, onions, and crumbled bacon.

In a separate bowl, combine mayonnaise and pickle juice. I’m also a mayonnaise snob and I always use Duke’s. Is there any other kind? Sometimes, when my daughter is doing Whole 30, I make homemade mayonnaise. It’s delicious too!

In a glass bowl or trifle dish, add a layer of crumbled cornbread.

Crumble cornbread and add a layer to a deep glass bowl.

Top with a layer of the tomato mix.

Layer of tomatoes mixture - Cornbread Salad

Add a thin layer of mayonnaise mix.

3rd layer of cornbread salald

Continue layering, ending with the mayonnaise mix. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

This salad is perfect any time of the year, but I especially like to serve it in the spring and summer because it’s a chilled salad. It was a huge hit at Sunday lunch this past week. I think I’ll make it again real soon. Trust me. It’s a keeper.

How to Make Corn Bread Salad

Cornbread Salad

Yield: 14 Servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

One bite of cornbread salad and you'll be hooked. The layers of cornbread, tomatoes, peppers, onions, and pickles are topped with a delicious mayonnaise dressing.


  • 2 boxes Jiffy cornbread mix
  • 4 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup sweet pickles, chopped
  • 9 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 cup mayonnaise (I use Duke's)
  • 1/4 cup pickle juice


  1. Bake cornbread according to package directions. Let cool and crumble.
  2. In a bowl, combine tomatoes, peppers, pickles, onions and bacon.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the mayonnaise and pickle juice.
  4. In a glass bowl, layer the cornbread, tomato mix, and mayonnaise mix. Repeat, ending with mayonnaise mix. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Nutrition Information
Yield 14 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 222Total Fat 18gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 14gCholesterol 22mgSodium 500mgCarbohydrates 11gFiber 1gSugar 6gProtein 4g

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Hannah Swancott March 4, 2019 - 6:10 am

Ahhh, that sounds amazing! I love a salad, especially now spring is coming!

Caitlin March 4, 2019 - 7:21 am

This was SO good!

Andrew March 4, 2019 - 8:09 am

Hah! love that you’re a cornbread snob! I’m not and will eat gobs of any kind of cornbread. 🙂 I do love Jiffy though… This sounds so unique and looks really good too. Definitely something I want to give a shot to, especially since we’re always trying out new salads.

Terri Steffes March 4, 2019 - 8:12 am

I love anything that starts with Jiffy. I am going to give this salad a try. I think it would be a big hit in my neighborhood.

Amber Myers March 4, 2019 - 8:17 am

Cornbread salad? I’ve never had anything like this before. I must try this! I’m pretty sure I’d love it.

Jeanette March 4, 2019 - 8:22 am

I have never heard of a cornbread salad but this looks delicious. I am pretty sure my family would love this so I may just make this as a side for this evening’s meal.

Kita Bryant March 4, 2019 - 8:45 am

What is this? Never heard of this one but it looks good. My kids probably won’t eat it but I will

Karen March 4, 2019 - 8:53 am

I have never heard of this! Where has this been all my life? I love the originality, and it looks so delicious and easy to make.

Jenn@Engineermommy March 4, 2019 - 12:50 pm

This looks like such an interesting cold appetizer or side dish! It looks perfect for an outdoor barbecue, like a more exciting version of the same old pasta and potato salads.

Sarah Bailey March 4, 2019 - 2:44 pm

Now this sounds like a really interesting salad! I haven’t had anything like it before myself, definitely something I need to try though yum!

Lisa March 4, 2019 - 4:04 pm

I have never heard of corn bread salad. This looks and sounds amazing.

Heather March 4, 2019 - 10:30 pm

Interesting! I don’t think I’ve ever heard of, or eaten cornbread salad. I do love cornbread though.

Ricci March 5, 2019 - 2:41 am

How have I not heard of cornbread salad before?? This looks so good!!

Catalina March 5, 2019 - 4:00 am

I am sure that this cornbread salad will be a new favorite in my family, too! Looks fabulous!

Tasheena March 5, 2019 - 5:24 am

I’ve never had anything like this before. It looks really yummy, it would be perfect for my family dinners.

Ruth I March 5, 2019 - 5:44 am

Looking at this makes my mouth water already. I just love the overall mix of everything. Pretty healthy and yummy.

Chubskulit Rose March 5, 2019 - 7:34 am

I have never had a cornbread salad before, it is something new to me. That really look so good!

Lynndee March 5, 2019 - 8:21 am

That looks good! Only had cornbread before, but never had a cornbread salad. Love me a good salad!

Melanie March 5, 2019 - 9:36 am

I’ve grown up with cornbread and making cornbread, but I have never heard of cornbread salad. It sounds like a great thing to take to a potluck!

swathi March 5, 2019 - 1:24 pm

This wonderful idea, I have eaten corn bread as sides with salad . Never tried corn bread salad. I am going to give it a try.

R B March 18, 2019 - 9:07 am

1/4 cup pickle juice – do you use the sweet pickle juice or dill?

Alli March 18, 2019 - 11:22 am

Sweet pickle juice


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